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Archaeology & Anthropology Field Schools

Australia - Indigenous Archaeology Field School - 2014

Archaeology Field School Location and Dates

Application Deadline
Start Date 2014-04-21
End Date 2014-04-27

Archaeology Field School Location

Ngadjuri Country, South Australia

Archaeology Field School Tuition and Credits

Sponsoring College/Institution

Flinders University

Archaeology Field School Tuition

Overseas Participants
AUD$3000 tuition fee (inclusive of GST).

Non-Flinders University Australian Students
AUD$1750 tuition fee (inclusive of GST).

Flinders University Australian Students
Fieldwork costs only

Additional Information on Tution/Room and Board/Travel Costs

AUD$660 Fieldwork costs (includes accommodation, food and internal travel).


Archaeology Field School Description

This field school is being run collaboratively by Flinders University and Ngadjuri people. It is part of a larger and ongoing research project which has been recording sites in Ngadjuri country.

The field school is designed to prepare students to undertake ethical and culturally sensitive research in Indigenous archaeology. The skills that will be taught include research design, field survey, archaeological site recording, archaeological site excavation, ethical interactions with Indigenous groups, and aspects of heritage management.
In 2014 the ARCH8803/8809 field school will be run as part of a the Ngadjuri Heritage Project (NHP), a co-ordinated approach by the Ngadjuri Nation to the research, planning and management of key areas and regions in Ngadjuri land. It has the following specific aims:

*Identify and record Aboriginal sites on Ngadjuri Land.
*Integrate this data with data collected over the last two years of the project (funded by the National Heritage Program) to develop a database of site locations for the region.
*Augment the above data with ethnographic and historic data on site use and significance through the conduct of archival research and oral histories.
*Use a GIS program to pull these different forms of information together to develop cultural maps for the region.

The cumulative outcomes of this research are:

*The development of a significant database of Ngadjuri heritage sites.
*An overall strategic cultural heritage management framework for Ngadjuri lands.

Archaeology Field School Additional Information

Archaeology Field School Type


What is the daily schedule for the field school

Monday - Sunday

Directors and Instructors

Professor Claire Smith
Claire has been a member of staff at Flinders University since 1998. Her primary research interests are in Australian archaeology, especially rock art. While she has conducted field research with Aboriginal communities in Australia, Asia and North America, she mostly works with Aboriginal people from the Barunga region of the Northern Territory, and with Ngadjuri people from South Australia. As President of the World Archaeological Congress, she has knowledge of contemporary issues in archaeology in many parts of the world.

Mr Vincent Copley
Vincent Copley is Chair of the Ngadjuri Walpa Juri Lands and Heritage Association Inc. Vincent has extensive on the ground experience in cultural heritage management, through conducting monitor work alongside archaeologists.

Mr Gary Jackson
Gary Jackson is a graduate of the Department of Anthropology at Adelaide University. He has a special interest in the intersection of the discipline of anthropology with the discipline of archaeology. He has worked with the Indigenous people of south-east Arnhem Land for over twenty years.

Specialized skills you will have the opportunity to learn

This topic aims to:

*develop advanced recording, excavation and analysis skills associated with the practice of Indigenous archaeology in Australia
*further develop students' knowledge of ethical practice in Indigenous archaeology
*advance students' familiarity with theoretical issues relating to Indigenous culture and heritage

On completion of this topic students will be able to:

*accurately and appropriately record Indigenous artefacts, sites, places and landscapes at an advanced level
*undertake research with Indigenous communities in an ethical and culturally appropriate manner
*demonstrate an understanding of the diverse techniques and methods used by archaeologists and Indigenous people in recording Indigenous artefacts, sites, places and landscapes
*record and document the fieldwork process to an acceptable professional standard

Other resources students will find useful


Students will be expected to:

*fully participate in the activities of the fieldschool;
*respect the culture and traditions of the local Aboriginal community;
*submit work for assessment (as outlined elsewhere on this website);
*follow instructions from staff;
*adhere to the same rules of conduct as set forth in the 'Guidelines for Ethical Research in Indigenous Studies' of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS). See also Codes of Ethics of the Australian Archaeological Association and World Archaeological Congress;
*have a moderate level of physical fitness in order to participate in the field exercises of the field school;
*bring the personal belongings listed elsewhere on this website; and
*contribute to cooking and cleaning duties (food will be provided but we will all take turns in cooking).

Archaeology Field School Contact Information and Website

Field School Website:

Field School Contact Information

Claire Smith

Mail: c/- Department of Archaeology,
Flinders University
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

+61 8 8201 2336

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